A Letter from Tommaso's Family in Bologna, Italy:
Tommaso is a 22-year-old boy, who loves playing soccer, riding his bicycle and making fresh pasta.
Last January, he was about to leave for the US with his sister Francesca to teach Americans the secrets of the culinary traditions of Bologna, in particular how to make fresh pasta.
A few days before leaving for the US, Tommi was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and he was immediately hospitalized at Sant’Orsola Hospital. i
There he underwent several cycles of chemotherapy including an experimental treatment. Unfortunately, all these treatments failed. Now at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania there is a new treatment. Dr. Carl June and his team have had outstanding results using CAR-T cell therapy.
They have accepted Tommaso into their clinical trial and are willing to do the therapy for no charge but the hospital is requesting a down payment of $600,000 for hospitalization, exams that Tommaso will need to do, CTs, bone marrow biopsies, blood analysis, eventual chemotherapy.
These costs are prohibitive for our family.
Time is limited. Tommaso needs to start this therapy soon.
Our goal is to raise the $600,000 within the shortest time possible and begin this new innovative therapy.
We thank all our special friends who have given us their support over the last months. And we thank all of you who are going to help Tommaso by donating money for his hospitalization.
Tommaso has always been a generous boy and now he needs help from all of us.
The Tori Family
A gift in any amount will help provide treatment for Tommaso Tori.